Investigators unable to determine cause of Albion fire due to extensive damage

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 13 July 2022 at 8:21 am

Photo by Tom Rivers: Firefighters arrive on scene at a fire on the morning on July 8 at 215 East State St. The fire would spread to the house next door at 217 East State St.

ALBION – Fire investigators are unable to pinpoint the cause of a fire at 215 East State St. due to extensive damage to the house “and a variety of potential ignition sources that were unable to be ruled out,” said David Cleary, a fire investigator for Orleans County.

The cause has been ruled undetermined. The fire spread to 217 East State St. The two houses are connected.

The fire displaced 14 residents – 7 adults and 7 children.

The fast-moving fire quickly destroyed much of 215 East State St.

A GoFundMe fundraiser has been set up for residents at 215 East State St. and another GoFundMe fundraiser has been set up to assist residents at 217 East State St. with clothing, bedding and other needs.

“I’m having hope that this fundraiser helps raise any amount of funds to help place the family back into a safe home or apartment,” Sarah Drier wrote about the fundraiser for her father-in-law and other residents at 215 East State St. “I’m hoping to raise funds so they can get their everyday essentials that we take for granted. Any amount donated will help.”